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What a stinker ...

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Another game, another loss. Thus is the life of your Minnesota Wild this season. It's one that has been filled with turmoil, injury, illness, and loss. It's a lot for a team to bite off, and while most of those should not be considered excuses, they are factors that have led this season down a road of shattered expectations.

So the Wild are effectively out of it. Last place in Conference III, 8 points out of a playoff spot halfway through the season in a very tough Western Conference. It's not over, but it's over.

The Wild are in Chicago tonight, puck drops at 7.

Wild News

Wild can't solve Rinne in loss to Nashville | Star Tribune
The Wild got an up-close reminder Saturday of the impact a stellar goaltender can have on an NHL team

Wild postgame: Same old, same old | Russo's Rants | StarTribune.com
This is going to sound awfully repetitive, I know. But here goes: the Wild couldn't sustain a good effort Saturday, had too many defensive breakdowns...

Veteran power play unit dooms Wild to 3-1 loss to Nashville | State of Hockey News
If you like depression...

Watch: Thomas Vanek on breakaway, decides to pass (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Yup, that's about how I feel. If you're going to make that pass, at least make it off Rhinne. Take the shot, keep it low and try to get it off Rhinne's leg. Parise is right there for the rebound. It's not 100%, but neither is a blind pass.

Souhan: Don't ruin a bad Wild season by trying to fix it | Star Tribune
I'm pretty close to agreeing with the headline. Which is scary because it's Souhan.

The 2015 Goalie Market: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Darcy Kuemper - Wild Xtra
Love Darcy Kuemper huh? Never tried that before ...

On Frozen Pond

Wolverines 7, Golden Gophers 5: Michigan wins fourth straight as Red Berenson earns win No. 800 | MLive.com
Not a good day for the State of Hockey.

Off the Trail

NHL 2015 All-Stars announced; who was snubbed? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
I cannot believe BOTH Wild goalies were snubbed!

Teemu Selanne still reveling in life after hockey - TwinCities.com
Teemu Selanne still wakes up early while his four children are heading to school, and he plays golf or tennis almost every day after they leave.

Sergei Bobrovsky signs Columbus Blue Jackets contract extension - NHL.com - News
The Blue Jackets have signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

RECAPS!!!!

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